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Are back-of-the-book indexes useful?

Are back-of-the-book indexes useful in electronic texts? I'm aware that people can search for anything they want in an electronic text and be taken there at the press of a button. But indexes don't ...
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How to extract epub file up to chapter one and create new epub with extracted content

I have an epub file which has n number of chapters. I have to copy or extract up to 1 chapter and make a new epub file which contains only 1 chapter in order to show a sample file which contains only ...
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Why does the text in my aside display in my ebook?

I'm trying to use the pop-up footnotes for that are now supported by iBooks see here. I can get the pop ups to work and it has the text that I want, but for some reason the text in the aside is also ...
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is DjVu still useful as a format for ebooks?

I found DjVu very useful as a format for saving scanned text, especially if together with a text layer processed with OCR so that text is searchable. For old books no more in commerce, that's often ...
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How to convert an HTML5 and JQuery featured E-book to an Executable file(exe), having inbuilt browser?

I want to distribute the e-book content, which has some HTML5 and Jquery features, securely by converting the whole HTML package into an EXE. Does any HTML Compiling software exists which has its own ...
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Converting raw text to Epub

I have some raw text documents, mainly novels and theater plays that I would like to convert to EPUB. What is the best way to do that? Should I use an intermediate format? Can it be automated?
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Help creating a toc.ncx file for compatibility with epub 2

I have created a toc.ncx file in EPUB3 for backwards compatibility with EPUB2 . I used that file in a DRM-free book (replacing the book's toc.ncx with my own) just to see if the code was okay, but ...
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Online ebooks management system that can be hosted on a server

Can you please suggest me an online book management system in PHP and MySQL, which I can host in my own Linux server? Preferably open source. I do not intend to upload or store the ebooks but only ...
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How can I toggle text reliably across all ereaders in an epub file?

I'm trying to make a multilingual ebook where I have two different translations of the same story. I'm trying to get it so that you can toggle the language by clicking on individual paragraphs. I ...
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Why/Where is calibre writing author/title in metadata when saving to device?

When I connect my device Simple Touch Nook, I send a book to my device using the calibre management software. Although I have the template {title} - {authors} set for sending to device, when I open ...
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Keeping lines together in ePub

I want to publish my book as an epub to Google Play Books. It contains multiple choice questions in the first half of the book, followed by the same questions with the answers highlighted and ...
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Taxes on money made publishing on Amazon by a non-US/UK resident

I'm working on self-publishing a book on Amazon. I'm in South Africa, and don't have a bank account in the UK or US. I know Amazon will send a check. I'm curious if anyone knows anything about how ...
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Is there a way to publish an eBook, distribute it and the push updates to the distributed eBooks?

If I publish an eBook, distribute it and later I want to edit or add to the information, is there is a way to push those updates to the already distributed copies of the eBook?
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Reader for scientific papers - what should I look for?

I use a Hanvon ewise reader. While I'm mostly happy with using it for novels, I have several difficulties with reading scientific texts: Some figures are not displayed Reflowing (displaying 2 column ...
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Formatting Table of Contents in epub using HTML TOC or Logical TOC and how to include TOCs in <spine>

I am trying to create an epub file (in epub 3), and will be using KindleGen to convert it into kindle's mobi format. At the moment I was working on the table of contents files, and there were a few ...
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Read Kindle books without Kindle or Kindle app?

For various reasons, I've become a fan of Amazon as a place to shop for physical book, so buying Kindle books would be a natural choice. However, based on my experience with the Kindle app on an ...
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Is Amazon planning an alternative to the Kindle DX?

Over the past four years, I have loved my Kindle DX because of its large screen, which has been very helpful for reading PDFs. The keyboard has also been helpful. It's e-ink, which is easy on the eyes....
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How widely used is Social DRM?

I know through past questions and some researching that the four most widely used DRM formats for e-books are: Amazon's DMR, Adobe's Adept DRM, Apple's Fairplay, and Marlin's. I am just wondering ...
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Can I include code in .mobi to control the native voice synthesizer in a Kindle?

Some kindle models come with a text to speech software that has several optional settings. There is both male and female, as well as 3 speeds, which gives 6 different combinations. In theory, a low ...
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The content of “My Clippings” file are not shown when in the book

I have written some notes and highlighted some parts of one of my e-books on kindle. I can see those notes and highlights when I open the "My Clippings" file. But when I open the book, and try to see ...
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Convert Blog to book

I prefer reading technical blogs in Kindle, is there an easy way to convert a technical blog from any site – MSDN blog or personal sites – to a e-book format like .mobi? I am aware of http://...
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What is a good software for reading ebooks out loud?

I enjoy having the ebooks read out loud. My previous solution has always been to highlight the chapters I want to read and then turn on voiceover in Adobe Reader on my Mac. The advantage is that I can ...
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Will I be able to put Kobo books on my Sony Reader?

As you may or may not know, Sony's Reader store closed, and they ported everything over to Kobo's services. However, in the past, I have had a lot of trouble buying Kobo books for use on my Sony ...
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Can I have “clickable” links/references/index entries in an ePub?

In a technical book, it is common to have a reference to material in another part of the book. Can I use something like an <a href=""> tag in the HTML to provide a direct link? How would I do ...
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Transferring files from one Kindle to another with a forgotten password

My cousin has recently got a new Kindle Fire HDX and she wants to transfer onto it all her books and music from her older Kindle HD (smaller than the newer Kindle, but in all other respects they look ...
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How do I liberate ebooks from Kindle device? [duplicate]

I have a Kindle ebook reader. How can I liberate ebooks that are stored on it? (transfer to my PC and make them readable on any device). Also, I tried copying my ebooks to Kindle directly, but they ...
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What's the correct way for developers to edit PDF? [duplicate]

Recently I got a task to manually add a Table of Contents to a PDF ebook generated by someone who left it out. I didn't know how to do it at first so I googled a lot and found some small tools but ...
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What's the correct way for developers to edit PDF?

Recently I got a task to manually add a Table of Contents to a PDF ebook generated by someone who left it out. I didn't know how to do it at first so I googled a lot and found some small tools but ...
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What design patterns exist for responsive web design of ebooks?

What design patterns, best practice etc. exist for responsive web design of ebooks? I am creating an ebook with HTML5/CSS3/JavaScript that should be readable well at different devices (browser, tabled,...
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How do I add a cover (and other pictures) to my ePub?

If I am creating an ePub file by hand, from scratch (following a recipe such as laid out in this question), how would I go about adding pictures to the file? In particular, is there anything special ...
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What is the minimum required content for a valid ePub?

I would like to create my own ePub documents from scratch without a tool so that I have full control over the final result. What is the absolute minimum set of required files to have a valid ePub ...
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How to avoid ebook image distortion

I'm experimenting with Calibre. I have a Word document, with several JPEG images inserted, each of them 537px wide. I exported the document as html, zipped everything and re-opened in Calibre. After ...
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Is there an ebook format that stores annotations in the ebook file itself?

I believe .epub and .mobi files both don't support annotations. Which is unfortunate since they are some of the most popular formats. It looks like Kindle supports adding notes to ebooks but they are ...
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How do I add an ISBN to Calibre ebook?

According to the Calibre website: Click the book you want to edit and then click the Edit metadata button or press the E key. A dialog opens that allows you to edit all aspects of the metadata. It ...
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Are there good ebook management tools available for free?

I have a collection of e-books and I am looking for a way to manage it from my operating system. What are the programs to manage e-books available for free? I use both Linux and Windows OS, can you ...
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How should you include illustrations in Kindle ebooks?

What is the most effective method for including illustrations in a Kindle ebook? And what is the preferred DPI and file format?
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How can I embed fonts in a kindle ebook (azw3/kf8)

I want to read a Microsoft Word document (.docx format) on my Kindle Paperwhite, with its original two fonts (every third paragraph has a different font from the rest of the document). How do I do ...
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Do book prices tend to fluctuate with seasonality

Do book prices tend to change with seasonality? I'm especially interested in: Do prices tend to increase, decrease, or stay the same during the holiday season (i.e. Christmas, Hanukkah, etc.)? Is ...
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What can I do about Sigil breaking EPUB3 files

Sigil is an EPUB2 editor, but that doesn't prevent people from editing EPUB3 files, which end up with broken OPF when you save them. Sigil development seems to have stalled, the last year has ...
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Kindle Paperwhite VS Kobo Glo: Screen Contrast Comparison [closed]

The two e-readers are almost evenly matched in the physical features department. The only variable left out is the quality of the screens. Both have great support structures (e-book stores) that may ...
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CircularFLO doesn't apply styles for live text

I do conversion with CircularFLO from .indd to .epub. The problem is that live text doesn't pick up styles. I have live text in my document but it is always Times New Roman. What am I missing? See ...
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Paperwhite error on open book, how do I get the error log?

I downloaded a .mobi file format book from Baen it opens fine on Calibre, and on my Kindle keyboard. When I try to open it on my Kindle Paperwhite I get this message Error An error occurred. If ...
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On Kindle devices can you open an ebook as an email attachment?

I know that you can email a Kindle ebook to the device itself using Kindle Personal Documents Service. I've been told that you cannot download a file directly using the Kindle Fire web browser. If ...
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Can a Sony 700 cover be repaired?

I use a Sony PRS-700 ereader while traveling (prefer old fashioned books). But after my last trip I noticed that the cover I bought along with the reader no longer holds it. The gray "clam" at the top ...
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Is there a guide for copyright for countries other than the US?

I've seen some questions that deal with copyright issues and it is clear that this is an international group and we could all benefit from having access to info about copyright as it relates to our ...
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Using eReader to display maps

Is there a way to get map data (for example from OpenStreetMaps) on my eReader to access it in a user friendly way? I've already thought about two ways to display maps on my reader: Generate one big ...
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Are there any rugged ebook readers out there?

The ebook readers that I have used are all somewhat flimsy. I am looking for a device I can take along when camping this summer, without having to fear too much for breaking it along the way. Not ...
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Where can I find Apple's iBooks formatting guide?

I made a decision not to sign up for Apple's iBooks publishers' account (mainly because I don't own a Mac and use a Linux box most of the time -- also I don't want to buy ISBN numbers for my ebooks ...
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I have a printed version of a book does it allow me to possess an electronic copy?

I have a printed version (i.e. a hardback or paperback) of a book and I wonder whether this allows me to possess an electronic version of it (e.g. .pdf file). Edit: Isn't it allowed by the clause 107....
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What text format is least likely to clash with ebook formats?

There are several different software products for collecting and formatting the electronic written word. Microsoft & Google, are two big names offering products, there are also many others. ...

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